Tuesday 18 September 2018

RTE star Mary Kennedy: 'I don't look in the mirror - and certainly wouldn't look in the mirror while I was dressing'

Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy at the World Premiere of Angela's Ashes the Musical at the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Mary Kennedy at the VIP Style Awards 2014 at The Marker Hotel
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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RTE presenter Mary Kennedy has revealed her secrets to her youthful glow - and it doesn't include expensive lotions and potions.

At 63, the Nationwide host is busier than ever and appears to have found the fountain of youth, but her tricks to staying on top of her appearance are somewhat unorthodox - except for Weight Watchers.

Mary Kennedy at the VIP Style Awards 2014 at The Marker Hotel
Mary Kennedy at the VIP Style Awards 2014 at The Marker Hotel

"I don't look in the mirror. And certainly wouldn't look in the mirror while I was dressing," she told VIP Magazine. "Richard Lewis always said, 'When you're over 40, always wear tights'. And I do!

"I also try to watch what I eat, especially during the week and I like vegetables and salad and fish, luckily. But in truth, I just know how to camouflage well, because I don't have a waist and I've never had one. Last year I lost 18 pounds in the run up to my daughter Eva's wedding and I got a gold star from Weight Watchers for it. I'm not as vigilant now as I was. I need another wedding in the family."

Kennedy, who has four children, spoke extensively about loneliness last year, describing it as a "fact of life", which she elaborated on in this month's issue of the magazine.

"My life does feel busy these days, with work and with the kids. But yes, loneliness was something that I was almost reluctant to talk about because it felt as if it was a reflection on me and a failure on my part," she explained.

Mary Kennedy at the World Premiere of Angela's Ashes the Musical at the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Mary Kennedy at the World Premiere of Angela's Ashes the Musical at the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"But I don't consider it is anymore and yes I do think loneliness is part of the human condition. I have friends who have no children who are lonely, I have friends with children who are lonely, I have friends who are married are lonely. But I think loneliness has a positive aspect to it too because it means that you are at your best when you are in a communicative experience with people."

And she's already thinking of her next chapter, saying she intends on retiring in 2020. "People are fascinating and everybody has a story. But in terms of retirement, I don't have a choice but to retire because I'm in the public service. I think I have three years left," she said.

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